mercredi 11 septembre 2013

A Brief Guide To Water Color Artists

By Cecile Ingram

A medium has evolved as part of the history of the art world. For the most part the evolution has been slow, but spans between the cave paintings to the modern art world. Cave painters would mix pigment, that they had dug from the earth themselves, with water to create their paintings. The modern painter does almost the same, but without the need to dig for his own pigments. This is the way of the water color artists.

Its one of the most commonly practiced art forms, but very difficult to master. Many will remember sitting at the kitchen table as a youngster with a paint set, a painting book, a brush and a jar of water. That is all the equipment that is required, and it doesn't really change much no matter what level of painting is being carried out.

This is possibly why it has proved to be such an enduring medium. Just consider the monks as they created their illustrated manuscripts, these were made using the same medium. Even most of those who people consider to be the old masters of the art world have also used and explored this medium.

The reach in popularity for this style really is worldwide. There are many different styles, such as Asian and European but it is a simple matter to note the differences. It has to be said that it has not always been quite so popular, but today there are full classes everywhere.

The methods of teaching are many and varied, some use CDs and books which removes the need to actually use a teacher. Others try to learn from programs on the Internet. By this means they can study the techniques over and over again until they understand them. It all seems so different to how it used to be.

Once it was considered to be a suitable pastime for the nobility. They would engage painters of the day to provide instruction to themselves. Others would form into small clubs and experiment amongst themselves. Those who preferred to experiment in solitude would carry their equipment to remote areas where they could paint undisturbed.

The heyday for the medium really started with the English in the eighteenth century. It had grown to be a lot more popular within the British Isles than it had on the European mainland. It can not be said for certain that it was one man alone who caused such a rising of popularity. For many a leading light was a man called Paul Sandby, and he is often acknowledged as a strong candidate for such a title.

It is true that many have yet to reach such heights, but anything that can inspire an individual to paint what they can see in their mind's eye, or heart, can not be a bad thing. The medium can even be used to create abstract works, although many do prefer to stick with the realism that many water color artists were known for. It really is a medium for all, as the equipment required is relatively inexpensive. Often amounting to a collection of brushes, a tin of paint blocks, some paper and a bottle of water.

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